Morecambe dealer caught with drugs hidden inside him less than a day after his prison release

A bungling drug dealer who was caught red handed with class A drugs less than 24 hours after being released from a  40 month jail term has been sent back to prison.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 12:30 pm

Conner Halliwell, 26, of no fixed abode, was jailed for similar offences in 2018, Preston Crown Court was told.

Prosecuting, Beth Pilling said on May 27, police arrested him with high purity "crack" cocaine and heroin in Morecambe, just hours after he had left custody, after officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the resort.

Halliwell was found to have hidden £3,500 street drugs in his anus.

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Crown Court

He admitted two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply them.

Collette Renton, defending, said his time in custody had not been easy as he still owed a drug debt, but he had become drug free during his last sentence.

She added: "During his last sentence because he owed this drug debt he had to be moved away from associates and went two years without a visit."

Jailing him for 44 months, Judge David Potter said: "These offences were committed the very day after you had been released from a sentence for precisely the same offences.

"It is astonishing to this court that on the day after release you were back to possessing class A drugs.

"Whatever pressure you and your family were facing to those to whom you were indebted, that was a fool's errand.

He found he had been motivated by financial gain in order to discharge the debt he had accumulated, and that he had a knowledge of the wider operation.

He added: "Use the time wisely, you know what will happen if you are tempted into the drugs world again as a supplier."